On the brink of summer's end, it's time to start your summer reading...
By Douglas Byrne (Voracious Reader)
"...and I don't read books, 'cause if they're any good, they're gonna make 'em into a miniseries." - Ouiser Boudreaux, Steel Magnolias
After months of technical difficulty with my Nook, I finally took it in and had it replaced and was able to sit down and enjoy a few novels this past weekend. For a long time, I wanted to read (or re-read) several books whose film adaptations I adore... and that's what I set out to accomplish.
When I was thirteen, on summer break, thinking that I would die of boredom, I picked King Rat by James Clavell off the shelf. It saved me.
I was a bit afraid of the next book I chose, as the film adaptation has been a favorite of mine for the past twenty years, The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy. Such a dysfunctional family. Great to compare to your own.
Last up, I read The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje. I've been told for quite some time that I should see the film... and when I finally did, I'd been meaning to pick up the book ever since. I'm glad I finally did. Such a stunning world of driving narrative and poetry and imagery.
Although Ouiser was correct with what she said about great books, forget about the DVDs... read them!